TULSA, Oklahoma (10/1/07) - Boise State’s Kean Feeder advanced to the second qualifying round of the Polo Ralph Lauren All American Tennis Championships with a hard fought three-set victory over Arizona’s Bruno Alcala this afternoon in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The junior from Portland, Ore. playing in his first tournament of the fall won the first set against Alcala by the score of 6-4. He then dropped the second set by the same score to setup a decisive third set with the winner moving on to the second round. The two battled hard in set three, but the Broncos’ Feeder won the third with a tie breaker 7-6 (3) to earn the right to advance to the next round tomorrow.
Feeder now plays #71 Matthew Brooklyn from Arizona State at noon (Central) at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Tulsa. Brooklyn advanced in three-sets as well winning 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 over LSU’s Colt Gaston.
Boise State’s Shields brothers, Luke and Clancy, are with Feeder at All American Tennis Championships this week. However, they were seeded into the main draw for singles which begins Thursday afternoon. Feeder is currently competing in the qualifying rounds in an attempt to join his teammates in Thursday’s main draw.
This is the first ITA sanctioned event for all three Broncos even though Luke and Clancy have competed earlier in September at the Boise State Fall College Tournament, which did not count for the ITA. The trio are at the moment forecast to play the top three spots in the Boise State lineup this winter when the team competition begins.
Luke Shields is a three-time All-American and enters the fall competition ranked fifth nationally in the ITA preseason rankings. The Shields brothers are competing together as a doubles team for the Broncos this year and are currently the 30th ranked team in the nation. The duo will start their doubles matches at the All American Tuesday as well. They will meet Ohio State’s unranked doubles team of Matt Allare and Balazs Novak at 5:00 p.m. (Central).